Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and of the spinal cord. Viral meningitis is the most common, but it can also be contracted, as bacterial meningitis, which is the most dangerous, or fungal, although fungal meningitis is rare. Most common in babies and young children, adults can also suffer from this contagious disease. Definite symptoms include fever and headache. You may not experience every symptom, but it comes on very quickly and they can be life-threatening, so please see a doctor as soon as you can.
Meningitis can be mistaken for the flu as it carries all the same symptoms. Fever, drowsiness, a cough, and a running nose are all contributors to the flu, but if they are all present and in conjunction with 4 of the other meningitis symptoms, then it is time to call the doctor immediately. Other flu symptoms include the chills, even when the room is warm, muscle and body aches, headaches, a sore throat and swollen glands. For adults, a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 F) is high, in children it is from 37.5C (99.5F) and above.
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